Just to Be Different

Daffodils, bergamot (Croftway Pink), delphinium, lily-of-the-valley, and morning glories (Candy Pink) come dressed in varying shades of pink. Daylilies are now available in many pinks and reds. Violets and bleeding heart (Dicentra Sweet­heart) may be pure white. Bells of Ireland and gladiolus Green Light are green. There is even a "pink dandelion" (Crepis rubra-not a true dandelion, but looking like one).

The floribunda rose Masquerade bears a whole bouquet of yellows, pinks and reds, all on one bush, as does its miniature relative, the eight-inch-high Baby Masquerade.

Vegetables break color rules, too. Cucumbers may be yellow or white, radishes black or white, tomatoes yellow or yellow-orange, snap beans a purplish blue (Blue Coco), cauli­flower purple (Early Purple Head), and lettuce purplish red ( Salad Trim). There is even a pink celery.

A garden on a single color theme might amuse certain children. The all-blue garden is the one most commonly at­tempted, although gardens can be worked out in shades of any given color.

Brown may seem like the most unlikely color around which to build a garden. And yet an all-brown garden could be unusually charming. Daylih'es, iris, chrysanthemums, tulips, gladioli, pansies, salpiglossis, nasturtiums and wallflowers run a wonderful gamut of browns-pale buff, rust, bronze, russet, chestnut, henna, mahogany and many other brownish shades. Their bloom covers the season from early spring to late fall.

Boys who disdain flowers might favor a garden of colored foliage plants. This could be a riot of color, if not a nightmare. There is coleus, for instance, in red, yellow, cream, bronze, pink, apricot and white, and caladium in delicate greens, pinks, reds and white. Amaranthus Molten Fire is maroon and crim­son; amaranthus Tricolor Splendens is variegated yellow and bronze-green. Kochia, or burning bush, is light green in sum­mer, but blazing carmine in late fall. Gray-foliage plants like dusty miller (Centaurea gymnocarpa) or artemisia could help calm down this display.

Ornamental grasses would fit into the foliage-only garden, too. Quaking grass (Briza maxima), cloud grass (Agrostis nebulosa), sword grass (Eulalia zebrina), and any number of others are all very decorative, both in the garden and in winter bouquets.

Dwarf forms of plants that are truly scale models of standard varieties will please some small gardeners. Things like iris (one only three inches tall), gladiolus, Michaelmas daisies, roses, tulips (like Kaufmanniana), daylilies and dahlias, all come in reduced sizes.

A number of annuals have been bred to produce full-size blossoms on low compact mounds. Dwarf bush sweet pea (Little Sweetheart), bush type morning glory (Blue Mound), bachelor-button (Dwarf Jubilee), Cupid marigolds, dwarf phlox and bush type verbenas, all make almost solid little balls of color.

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